Image:Mother West Wind Where Stories frontispiece - Project Gutenberg eText 17250.jpg|thumb|Harrison Cady's frontispiece to the ''Mother West Wind "Where" Stories'' depicting Burgess animal characters
'''Thornton Waldo Burgess''' (January 14, 1874 – June 5, 1965) was a Conservation ethic|conservationist
and author of Children's literature|children's stories
. Burgess loved the beauty of nature and its living creatures so much that he wrote about them for 50 years in books and his newspaper column, ''Bedtime Stories''. He was sometimes known as the '''Bedtime Story-Man'''. By the time he retired, he had written more than 170 books and 15,000 stories for the daily newspaper column.